Since 2017, I've documented unique, authentic love stories across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
As a long-time resident of the beautiful state of Oregon and a prior resident of the sweet little coastal town of Lincoln City, I can tell you first-hand that the Oregon coast is one of the most INCREDIBLE, diverse, and magical places to plan your elopement. With just over 360 miles of epic coastline to choose from, the Oregon Coast makes for a dreamy elopement destination.
Couples looking for a location that features wild nature, open ocean, and gorgeous green forests need not look further than the Oregon coastline. From Brookings to Astoria, there are countless marvelous places to enjoy the magic of the PNW and have the perfect opportunities to capture epic photos and videos of your wedding day!
On the Oregon coast your elopement day can include things like epic forest-to-coastal-cliff hikes, beach picnics, sunset strolls by the ocean, craft beer, fresh crab, and a whole lotta FERNS.(Oh, and if you’re into the Twilight vibes, we’ve got you covered here in the PNW!)
Sounds amazing, right? “But how can we choose from 360+ miles of epic coastline?” you may be wondering!
For the purposes of elopement planning, I like to separate the area into three main chunks: the southern coast, central coast, and northern coast. Each of these delightful sections of pacific wonderland have their own magic to offer and different pros/cons. Let’s dive in!
Personally, I would consider the Southern Oregon Coast to be the most naturally beautiful, diverse, and magical portion of the coastline. More specifically, the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor near Brookings, Oregon. This southernmost tip of Oregon has so much natural beauty to offer and is THE place to go if you want rocky, remote, cliff-side bliss!
Here are the main areas of interest to check out along the Southern Oregon Coast:
The biggest down-side (though this is subjective) to choosing the Southern Oregon Coast as your elopement location is its remote nature. The Brookings area especially isn’t very developed. There aren’t many hotels or restaurants or amazing amenities to choose from. You’ll definitely find some amazing vendors, airbnbs, and natural beauty, but this isn’t the place to go if you’re looking for a boutique experience with lots of modern amenities.
PS: BONUS POINTS to Brookings, Oregon to being less than an hour from a Redwood Forest! That means you can include BOTH the Oregon Coast and the California Redwoods into one epic elopement day!
The central coast is THE place to go for sand dunes! From Reedsport up to Florence through Newport you’ll find lots of sand dunes, long sandy beaches, and forest trails. This portion of the coast is relatively flat (okay, I lie, there’s this incredible lookout called Cape Perpetua you HAVE to check out: here’s the location on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/UsFgcVGTGw94ZTwA6)
There’s lots of variety in natural landscapes in this chunk of the coast, but here are some of my favorites:
Overall, the central coast has so much to offer and is very much a middle-ground for both scenery and amenities. You’ll be able to find everything you need as far as shops, restaurants, and things to do.
Plus, the dunes are a big draw for an active couple looking for an adventurous activity and the various forest trails will keep you entertained for your whole visit.
The Northern Oregon Coast is what I like to call the most “boutique” area of the OR coastline. Of course, no part of the Oregon coast is very manicured (we aren’t in California after all!) but this area is closer to Portland, Oregon and therefore has more infrastructure to cater to the city crowds!
The Northern Oregon Coast is a great option for the couple looking to enjoy beautiful boutique accommodations and restaurants. You’ll get to see some classic rocky picturesque coastline and never be too far from a great latte or lunch.
Here are some of my fav spots on the Northern coast:
And there you have it! Some of my favorite places in each of the area of the Oregon Coast – all excellent options to choose from when planning your Oregon Coast elopement.
Need more help deciding? I GOTCHU. Hit me up by filling out my inquiry form at www.lilliproductions.com/contact and we can start planning your dream Oregon Coast Elopement.
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Since 2017, Sabrina of Lilli Productions has documented unique, authentic love stories across the Pacific Northwest and beyond.